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Late last night, President Trump made an announcement that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States. There were few details about when the executive order would go into effect or how it would be enforced. However, the President did state that his motivation for this decision was based on protecting jobs.
As it stands, the United States leads the world in total COVID-19 cases. In fact, we’re exporting coronavirus to nations like Mexico and Haiti through the people we’ve been deporting.
Why This Matters: Immigration was already essentially ground to a halt. As CNN explained, refugee resettlement has been put on hold, visa offices are largely closed and citizenship ceremonies aren’t happening. Therefore this move can’t be seen as anything but yet another attempt by President Trump to deflect blame for his handling of the crisis and to offer up red meat for his base. Blaming immigrants for the woes of the U.S. economy is an old play from the President’s playbook unfortunate as it may be.
NPR White House reporter Geoff Bennett said it best:
Immigration was already functionally shut down.
The WH had closed the U.S.-Canada border and started deporting asylum-seekers without due process.
International air travel has largely been suspended.
Protest Optics: As the Washington Post reported, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll published Monday found that most Americans disagree with protesters who are demanding an end to stay-at-home orders. The poll showed that 71 percent of respondents were more concerned about lifting lockdowns too quickly.
What About Vaccines?: As Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, a vaccine for COVID-19 is likely still 18 months or more away. However, the World Health Organization warned that even once a vaccine is developed, manufacturing and distributing it will be an immense challenge. One that we must prepare for now.
Jane Goodall’s Wishes: As the Hill reported, British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall said that she hopes a global movement of people calling for clean air will result from the global coronavirus outbreak, which has emptied cities of traffic.
This past Sunday, France rode the green wave (or, as some of the French media has dubbed it, the green tsunami) as the country’s green party– Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV)– and its allies won big in major cities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, and Bordeaux. And the mayor of Paris, a socialist, also won handily.
Why This Matters: The local election has already pushed Macron to act on environmental issues.
Later this morning, House Democrats — Speaker Pelosi and (FOP) Representative Kathy Castor of the House Special Committee on Climate — will unveil the most detailed and sweeping proposal in a decade for dealing with the climate crisis, which reportedly also weaves environmental justice into every element of the plan.
Why This Matters: This is not a plan that the President can lambast as an end to capitalism.
By Miro Korenha and Monica Medina When we launched Our Daily Planet over two years ago, we wanted to change the conversation about conservation and climate change – to make these issues a key part of the political and policy discussion so that they would finally be addressed. We firmly believed then and still do […]
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